Journey winds down for Tim and Matt Gillis


Crestview High School baseball Coach Tim Gillis (left) and his eldest son, Matt, are savoring their final days together on the diamond before Matt graduates in June.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 04:16 PM.

CRESTVIEW — In a few weeks, the endless hours Crestview High School assistant football and head baseball Coach Tim Gillis has spent with his eldest son, Matt, will come to an end.

Matt, a senior, played wide receiver on the Bulldog football team and is in his final days as a center fielder and pitcher on the baseball team.

"The journey has gone by fast, and any parent of a graduating senior can say the same thing," Tim said. "It's been better than I ever thought it would be. People that know Matt and maybe see him around know what kind of person he is and I'm a lot more concerned with that than I am what kind of baseball player he's become.

"But he's turned into a good baseball player too. I'm just proud of him and proud for him. He's worked hard, and obviously I hate to see him move on for a bunch of different reasons."

Matt's smile broadens as he talks about his relationship with his dad and what it's been like to play for him.

"There isn't anything like it," Matt said. "I love my dad with all of my heart. I love his work ethic and that's where I get mine from ... in everything I do, I do it 100 percent.

"We are always around each other. During football season we saw each other every day and then obviously during this (baseball) season we are around each other and it has helped us grow as a father and son."

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